Welcome to Recovery

You can recover from addiction. This website can help you or a loved one overcome addiction. The information is independent and evidence-based, and includes references to original and authoritative material where possible.

You are not alone. Many people have overcome addiction and are now enjoying a better life. It can be done. You too can do it.

What is Addiction?

A substance addiction meets two basic criteria:

  1. You have difficulty controlling how much you use or how long you use. For example, one drink leads to more drinks, or one line of cocaine leads to more.
  2. You continue to use even though it has negative consequences to your life. For example, you continue to drink even though it has hurt your relationships.

These two criteria define all addictions. They are true for drugs and alcohol, but they're also true for gambling addiction, eating disorders, and sexual addiction.

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For More Information on Mental Health …

To learn more about anxiety, depression, PTSD, cognitive therapy, mindfulness, and mental health, visit the companion website www.IWantToChangeMyLife.org.

Last Modified:October 31, 2020